Buy Shaver, a 2D Foundation professor, has had a book published by The University of Chicago press. Titled Moving the Eye Through 2-D Design, Professor Shaver’s book is a step-by-step approach to the basic elements of successful two-dimensional art. To achieve this, Professor Shaver writes in the book’s introduction that “an artist must firstly get the viewer’s attention and secondly must control how the viewer perceives a composition.” This is accomplished though “visual dynamics – contrast, motion, and noise.”
This is a terrific resource for both faculty and students. Moving the Eye Through 2-D Design will take the reader through line, shape, value, color, and, of course, feeling. You’ll learn why “sex, death, food, and all things cuddly” are so important to good artwork!
The Foundation Department is sponsoring a lecture by Professor Shaver on Wednesday, February 26. Join him as he discusses his book and his approach to teaching two-dimensional design. The lecture will be held in CBS Auditorium in Hamilton Hall at 12:00 p.m.
For the month of February, let’s celebrate Black History Month by exploring a few of the best digital collections about the culture and contributions of African Americans. A great place to begin learning about African American history is the Encyclopedia Britannica’s Guide to Black History.
The University Libraries has so much information on African and African American history, culture, and the visual and performing arts! Let’s just look at two online reference sources this week (if you are off campus, you’ll have to enter your name and library barcode before accessing these sources). From the Libraries homepage, under the heading Online Resources, you’ll find Reference Sources.
An essential for anyone interested in what happened in modern dance after Martha Graham, Terpsichore in Sneakers is widely considered to be the definitive history of 1960s New York downtown concert dance. Each chapter profiles dance notables such as Yvonne Rainer, Simone Forti, Steve Paxton, Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, David Gordon, Douglas Dunn and Meredith Monk (several of whom have moved to non-movement art forms); the end of each chapter includes some sort of primary source on that dancer/choreographer.
If you like this subject, you may also be interested in these videos:
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There are so many great digital collections that focus on fashion. Here are three of my favorites:
Dress and Fashion: Design and Manufacture from the New York Public Library Digital Gallery, contains many unusual resources on costume and fashion of the 19th and 20th centuries. There are historical surveys, manufacturers’ books, and swatch samples. You’ll find images of traditional Japanese hats and shoes, color and pattern swatches from Friedrich Bayer & Co., and the trendiest styles for men in the 1920s and 1930s.
If you are really interested in fashion and clothing, you’ll want to bookmark the the Fashion Museum. Located in Bath in the United Kingdom, you can search this museum’s collection of 20th century fashion using their Collection Search feature.